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Top experts and fascinating advice in a fun and entertaining podcast.

Top experts and fascinating advice in a fun and entertaining podcast.
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Southport, CT

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Wondery

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Top experts and fascinating advice in a fun and entertaining podcast.

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@mike_sysk

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English

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Strand Media 2651 Catherine Rd. Altadena, CA 91001 (626) 460 - 8261


Episodes

SYSK Choice: Getting Your Dream Project Done & Food Science for Better Cooking

9/21/2019
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Did you know bacon is really a low-fat food? That is just one of the many fascinating food science facts you’ll discover when you listen to food writer David Joachim author of The Science of Good Food. You’ll also discover why hot liquids freeze faster than cold ones, why you should never cook veggies with lemon and the science of cooking the perfect steak – and a lot more great cooking advice. Also, do you have a project or goal in your head that you swear you want to get done – but never...

Duration:00:36:46

How to Figure Out Any and Every Problem & How to Use Statistics to Make Your Case

9/19/2019
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If you want someone to do something for you, it is all about how you phrase it. This episode begins with a discussion on the psychology of requests and how to say it so people will respond the way you want them to. http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2016/09/persuasive-techniques-that-actually-work.html When life dishes out problems you have to solve them. And according to my guest, the good news is that all those problems can be solved. Marie Forleo is a wildly popular entrepreneur, writer,...

Duration:00:47:02

How to Beat Distractions That Eat Up Your Time & A Positive Way to Fix Problems

9/16/2019
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A lot of people claim to be allergic to penicillin. In fact 1 out of 10 do. Most of those people are wrong and this episode begins with the explanation why. https://www.health.harvard.edu/blog/do-you-really-have-a-penicillin-allergy-2019022616017 More than ever, it is so easy to be tempted by distractions. So how do you stay focused and on task when temptations abound? With some really good suggestions is Nir Eyal. He is a writer and investor who has taught at the Stanford Graduate School...

Duration:00:52:19

SYSK Choice: Great Life Hacks & The Nasty Political Discussion Fix

9/14/2019
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Here’s something interesting – as sunscreen use has increased over the last several years, so has the rate of skin cancer. So what is going on? I’ll discuss that and what we know DOES work to help prevent skin cancer. https://www.cancernetwork.com/skin-cancer-nonmelanoma/dietary-changes-may-help-prevent-skin-cancer-expert-says Who couldn’t use some great life hacks? I love them! And no one is better at finding them than David Pogue author of Pogue’s Basics: Life (https://amzn.to/2LvzFZu)....

Duration:00:36:23

How Regular People Get Rich & What You Never Knew About the Clothes You Wear

9/12/2019
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Do you ever eavesdrop? Be honest now. The fact is we almost all do – it is human nature and once served an important purpose. This episode begins with a discussion on eavesdropping and snooping and why we mostly all do it. (John L. Locke author of Eavesdropping (https://amzn.to/2O7an63) When you hear the typical advice on managing your money it is to stopping spending – cut back – no more lattes. Well my first guest today has radically different advice on managing your money that will not...

Duration:00:49:38

How Your Social Life Affects Your Health & Can You Be Selfish in a Relationship?

9/9/2019
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If you want to be more successful and make more money there is one very simple and seemingly unrelated thing you can do that has been proven by looking at the habits of over 30,000 families. This episode begins by revealing what this seemingly magical, money-making act is. https://speeches.byu.edu/talks/arthur-c-brooks_giving-matters-2/ When it comes to good health – medical care is important. However, the kind of person you are and how you treat others is even more important – by a lot!...

Duration:00:51:26

SYSK Choice: The Simple Solution to Beating Stress For Good

9/7/2019
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Why do dogs do what they do? They seem obsessed with smelling everything and everybody and they universally love the snow. Why? This classic episode begins with an explanation of some common and often baffling doggy behavior. http://www.businessinsider.com/how-to-know-your-dog-is-smart/#3-why-dodogs-turn-away-from-us-when-we-try-to-hug-them-3 Stress is mostly about your distorted perception. That’s the messages from clinical psychologist Dr. Arthur Ciaramicoli, author of The Stress Solution...

Duration:00:29:27

How Probability and Chance Rule Your Life & Understanding How Motivation Really Works

9/5/2019
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Ever have someone offer to help you and you say – “No, I got it.”? Why? Why we are so reluctant to ask other people for help when we really could use it? This episode begins with a discussion on why asking for help is hard and yet it is one of the smartest things you will ever do. http://rd.com/advice/relationships/phrases-make-people-trust/ Chance and probability rule your life. Yet how much do you understand about them? Ian Stewart knows about them better than most people. Ian a Professor...

Duration:00:48:07

How Anyone Can Learn Anything & The Fascinating Science of Human Attachment

9/2/2019
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It’s quite common and convenient to take medication or vitamin pills with a gulp of coffee or juice in the morning. But should you? The episode begins with a discussion on how important it is to use the right beverage to help you swallow those pills. https://www.thehealthsite.com/diseases-conditions/is-it-ok-to-take-medicines-with-soft-drinks-coffee-milk-or-juices-bs1017-527100/ Are there subjects or activities you are good at learning? Do you believe you have a certain aptitude for some...

Duration:00:49:40

SYSK Choice: You Are Eating Fake Food & Interesting Facts You Didn’t Know

8/31/2019
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Men and women approach online dating very differently and consequently get different results. This classic episode begins with a discussion on who does a better job using online dating – and why. https://beta.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2018/08/08/online-dating-study-quantifies-whats-out-of-your-league/?noredirect=on A surprising amount of food sold in stores and restaurants is not what you think it is. Journalist Larry Olmsted author of the book Real Food, Fake Food...

Duration:00:33:23

How Just a Little Rest Can Change Your Life & Fascinating Stories You Never Knew

8/29/2019
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You know what customer service people really like? They like when you are nice to them. This episode begins with a magical phrase the next time you need a customer service person to go the extra mile for you. (Lori Jo Vest, author of Who’s Your Gladys?) Your body needs to rest. Not just sleep - rest. And rest isn’t necessarily sitting on the couch watching television. There are different kinds of rest all of which are vital to your function and performance as a human being. Physician Dr....

Duration:00:44:57

How to Be More Creative Than You Ever Imagined & A Simpler Way to Change Any Behavior

8/26/2019
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People who have high credit scores are often quite proud of them. And there is no doubt that a high credit score is better than a low credit score. But is a high credit score better than an average one? This episode begins with some interesting insight into how credit scores really work. https://twocents.lifehacker.com/your-credit-score-doesn-t-matter-unless-it-s-bad-1785050429 Who doesn’t love those great stories of new inventions and other creative breakthroughs? But often there is a lot...

Duration:00:46:55

How to Drastically Improve Your Intuition & How Planet Earth Has Shaped Who You Are

8/22/2019
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Your shoulders speak volumes. It turns out how you hold your shoulders telegraphs a message to the world as to what kind of person you are. This episode begins with a discussion about who your shoulders say you really are. https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/spycatcher/201205/what-the-shoulders-say-about-us At some point you have probably listened to your intuition. It’s a gut feeling. You know you should or shouldn’t do something even though you don’t know why you know it. That’s what...

Duration:00:47:15

Why Feedback Often Fails & A More Effective Way to Have a Conversation

8/19/2019
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How physically strong are you? Interestingly, men today are not as strong as they once were. I begin this episode with the explanation of why that is and the surprising health consequences of not having the physical strength of your ancestors. http://www.menshealth.com/fitness/grip-strength-weaker-today “Can I give you some constructive feedback?” Usually, that question is followed by some criticism you would probably rather not hear. The “annual performance review” is a good example of...

Duration:00:47:03

How a Little Surprise Will Change Your Life & How Introverts Can Thrive in the Workplace

8/15/2019
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Have you ever noticed that when you are working on a problem or trying to come up with an idea there comes a point of diminishing returns? The harder you concentrate, the worse it gets. It’s true for everyone and there is a sweet spot after which your efforts suffer. This episode begins with a discussion on why this happens and when you should stop trying and go do something else. https://hbr.org/2014/07/get-your-brain-unstuck At times in your life there have been important moments that...

Duration:00:41:25

How to Effectively Grow Your Self-Confidence & Why Intelligent People Do Dumb Things

8/12/2019
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Can your boss spy on you? You bet! This episode explains just how far an employer can go to keep tables on you and what you are up to. http://workrights.us/ Do you have a lot of self-confidence? Could you use a little more? We probably all could and Lana Otoya author of The Mindset of Self Confidence: Why Self Confidence Has Nothing to Do with Speaking Up or Standing Straight (https://amzn.to/2yKXqWu) joins me to explain how self-confidence works, what it is and how to develop more of...

Duration:00:47:37

How to Kill a Good Idea (and Why You Shouldn’t) & Fighting Humans’ Deadliest Predator

8/8/2019
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Why do people have nightmares? Do they serve a purpose? This episode begins with some fascinating facts about nightmares and the people who have them. https://www.prevention.com/health/g20516173/6-creepy-things-you-never-knew-about-your-nightmares/ Where do good ideas come from? Good ideas typically blossom in environments that encourage people to express their ideas. Yet we often shoot down people’s ideas before they have a chance to develop. One place that does NOT happens is in improv...

Duration:00:44:36

The Best Way to Learn Anything New & How to Deal With People You Can’t Stand

8/5/2019
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If you wear a certain fragrance, people will perceive you as 12 pounds thinner. That’s just one of many fascinating things I discuss about you amazing sense of smell in the first segment of this episode. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/02/scents We spend our entire lives learning. Yet we seldom think about HOW we learn. One person who has thought about it a lot is Scott Young, author of the book UltraLearning: Master Hard Skills, Outsmart the Competition, and Accelerate Your Career...

Duration:00:44:36

Our 300th Episode! - How to Stop Sabotaging Yourself & A Fascinating Explanation of the Universe

8/1/2019
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Kim Kardashian and her sisters speak with something called “vocal fry.” In fact a lot of women do and it is a real problem. This episode begins with an explanation of what vocal fry is and why it is harmful to a person’s vocal health and professional career. http://healthland.time.com/2011/12/15/get-your-creak-on-is-vocal-fry-a-female-fad/ Have you ever sabotaged yourself? You go for a goal and somehow screw it up and it was no one else's fault but yours. The really good news is – everyone...

Duration:00:47:53

The Secret to Getting Everything Done & How to Optimize Your Brain for Peak Performance

7/29/2019
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Pizza math. It’s worth knowing because when you understand it, you’ll realize why a small pizza is usually a lousy deal. This episode begins with a mathematical formula that will save you real dough on your next pizza. http://lifehacker.com/the-math-equation-that-explains-why-you-should-alwaysb-1784641566 How well do you organize, prioritize and execute your life? I bet you wish you were better at it – at least some of the time. World renowned productivity expert David Allen, author of the...

Duration:00:48:45